Film Screening: Getting to Know You: The King and I in context with Nathan Beard
Artist Talk/
25 November 2022
PICA Performance Space


Film Screening: Getting to Know You: The King and I in context with Nathan Beard

Film screening with discussion and popcorn

Join PICA exhibiting artist Nathan Beard for a screening of the classic film The King and I. Nathan’s solo exhibition A Puzzlement draws on the film as key source material in representing the ways in which Thailand is viewed in the Western cultural imagination.

Before the screening Nathan will be in conversation with Dr Christina Lee, Senior Lecturer in Communications & Cultural Studies at Curtin University. The pair will unpick the multitude of ways in which The King and I – a film banned in Thailand due to its inaccuracy yet beloved by Hollywood – intersects with complex cultural stereotypes and colonial fantasies.

PICA After Dark sees PICA throw open our doors for a series of late-night music and film events over November and December. Visit our galleries on Friday evenings, enjoy a free* beer thanks to our friends at Rocky Ridge Brewing, and explore our final exhibitions of the year – Pilar Mata Dupont’s Las Hormigas/The Ants and Nathan Beard’s A Puzzlement.  


Introduction: 5:45–5.50pm (5min)
Conversation: 5.50–6.15pm (25min)
Interval: 6.15–6:25pm (10min)
Screening: 6.25–8:37pm (2hr 13min)

PICA After Dark is supported by City of Perth

*While Rocky Ridge Brewing stocks last. 

About The King and I (1956)

Based on the 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical of the same name – which in turn was based on Margaret Landon’s novel, Anna and the King of Siam (1944), itself based on the 1860s memoirs of Indian-born Anna Leonowens – the 1956 film follows Anna (Deborah Kerr), a widowed schoolteacher and governess, as she arrives in the court of King Mongkut of Siam (Yul Brynner).

Access and Inclusion

If the ticket cost prevents you from attending this event, please don’t hesitate to send us an email at and we can discuss alternative arrangements. 

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